Manchester art-pop quartet, The 1975, continue their fantastic and deserved ascendancy throughout 2014. Now they unveil this bizarre and beautiful video for “Settle Down”, their superb new single released on February 24th, through Dirty Hit/Polydor and taken from their massive self-titled debut album out now.
The band’s front man Matt explains: “I used to have a reoccurring dream when I was younger. The narrative was loosely based, but the setting was always the surrounding areas of where my parents grew up.
I think I was slightly obsessed with how certain, bleak areas of Northern England contained my history and the soul of my family, my psyche – I always felt connected and disconnected at the same time.
Metaphorically and physically I would visit these places frequently as a youngster and in turn have used them as the setting to a lot of the stories in The 1975 – the North East was the visual setting to my formative years.
I suppose, like any narrative, the meaning and the connotations within the story are subjective.
I’ve always been quite fascinated with the potency of same sex relationships, plutonic or otherwise.
I was brought up in a very open minded environment, somewhere I felt that, whoever I was, I would be accepted.
With this understanding I was also very aware of others, school friends, acquaintances – whom, due to where we lived, probably didn’t have such a comfortable place to grow up, we were unaffected and affected by taboos and the small minded at the same time.
I’ve dreamt the story of these two boys on countless occasions – every time drawing a different conclusion on its meaning.
With ‘Settle Down’ I wanted to make a story about the extension of that dream, a video that explores love, a video that was as fantastical, consuming and limitless as the love we all chase and desire. Love as I have always imagined.
So upon meeting Nadia, who directed the video, I told her about my dream. We sat for hours looking through pictures and talking – it was decided in those moments. We were just to film my dream.
The process of making this video was so intensely exciting for me as I was finally working through and figuring out exactly what this place, this story and these characters meant to me. I think now that I understand it. But I’m totally open to suggestions / interpretations.”